Westbrook had a historic season for the Oklahoma City Thunder, as he averaged a triple-double throughout the entire year, which is something Jordan can never say he was able to do.
Westbrook defeated fellow finalists James Harden of Houston and Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio to claim the season MVP award for the first time in ceremonies at NY.
One thing that helped make the MVP feat possible for Russell Westbrook was Kevin Durant's decision to leave the Thunder last July as a free agent and sign with the Golden State Warriors.
The 28-year-old point guard was otherworldly in the absence of Durant this season, averaging 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.4 assists per game - career highs in all three categories. His scoring mark was also the league-leader. "I was the one who taught you to dribble.and I remember the first time you beat me at basketball and I was very upset".
Golden State forward Draymond Green was voted the Defensive Player of the Year, defeating co-finalists Leonard and French center Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz.
Durant helped Golden State win the National Basketball Association crown earlier this month, the first of his career and the second in 3 seasons for the Warriors.
Two of the best moments came during segments that didn't include the NBA's six individual awards. "There are five guys on the floor every time".
Bill Russell was presented the first Lifetime Achievement award, welcomed on stage by fellow Hall of Fame centers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo. And you said, if you remember correctly.'You just have to shake it off, ' and I got an idea. He was given a colorful jacket like the ones worn by Craig Sager, the longtime Turner Sports reporter who died of cancer this past season.